Links 12/19/2022

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Inside the Brain of an Octopus Discover

Nouriel Roubini: ‘I hope I didn’t depress you too much’ FT. The winter solstice is only three days away. Soon there will be more light.

The 2020s Are the World’s Most Depressed, Stressed Decade…Ever Umar Haique, Eudaimonia

You’re Not There Now (That’s A Good Thing) Daily Stoic


Extractivism in the Anthropocene Monthly Review

To Activate Hope, Activate Capital Project Syndicate

Biggest US shale operator says more drilling would harm industry FT


Billion-dollar NASA satellite launches to track Earth’s water Nature


COVID-19 vaccine boosters for young adults: a risk benefit assessment and ethical analysis of mandate policies at universities BMJ. From the Abstract:

University booster mandates are unethical because they: (1) are not based on an updated (Omicron era) stratified risk-benefit assessment for this age group; (2) may result in a net harm to healthy young adults; (3) are not proportionate: expected harms are not outweighed by public health benefits given modest and transient effectiveness of vaccines against transmission; (4) violate the reciprocity principle because serious vaccine-related harms are not reliably compensated due to gaps in vaccine injury schemes; and (5) may result in wider social harms.” “Competing interests: None declared.”

I’ve been saying for awhile we mandated what we shouldn’t have (vaccines) and didn’t mandate what we should have (non-pharmaceutical interventions).

I’ve been saying for awhile that in our Covid strategy, we mandated what we shouldn’t have (vaccines) and didn’t mandate what we should have (non-pharmaceutical interventions). So, very big if true. (I wonder if the new Twitter will censor the BMJ link? The old Twitter might well have.)

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: December 2022 KFF. Only Democrats could have done it:

The latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor survey finds that about seven in ten adults (71%) say healthy children should be required to get vaccinated for MMR in order to attend public schools, down from 82% who said the same in an October 2019 Pew Research Center poll. Almost three in ten (28%) now say that parents should be able to decide not to vaccinate their school-age children, even if this creates health risks for others, up from 16% in 2019. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, there has been a 24 percentage-point increase in the share who hold this view (from 20% to 44%).

The Case for Mask Mandates Chasing Normal. Re-upping from last week.

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Long-COVID Sufferers Are Flocking to a Texas Clinic to Treat Smell Disorders. But Does the Remedy Work? Texas Monthly

COVID boosts life insurance demand The Week

Why one expert says the so-called ‘tri-demic’ might actually be a ‘septa-demic’ Texas Public Radio


Covid outbreak throws Chinese factories and supply chains into chaos FT. It’s like a PMC arms race:

Then again, they all went to the same Ivy League schools…

The U.S. Needs to Change the Way It Does Business With China Robert Lighthizer, NYT. Commentary:

Is China Planning to Attack Taiwan? A Careful Consideration of Available Evidence Says No War on the Rocks

European Disunion

Corruption scandal risks fracturing pro-EU majority in parliament FT

Deal reached for new non-Russian power source for Europe AP. Azerbaijan.

Analysis: Dismal election turnout puts Tunisia president’s legitimacy under spotlight Reuters

Dear Old Blighty

New New Labour:

Primer on the New Russian Law Against Public Promotion of Sex Change, Sex Preference Propaganda John Helmer, Dances with Wolves

New Not-So-Cold War

Avoiding a Long War in Ukraine The Liberal Patriot

Is This Winning? The American Conservative

Kyiv warns of long blackouts after Russia strikes Deutsche Welle

What’s behind Peru’s political crisis? Who are the players? And what might happen next? CBC

Peru coup: CIA agent turned US ambassador met with defense minister day before president overthrown Multipolarista

Biden Administration

Military Spending Surges, Creating New Boom for Arms Makers NYT. The industrial part of the Military-Industrial Complex, simplified:

‘Constant Turmoil’ at FDA Makes Our Food Less Safe MedPage Today

Policymaking in a Pan(dem)ic Stephanie Kelton, The Lens. “One way to make our system more robust is to strengthen the automatic stabilizers so that fiscal deficits swing into motion with an even stronger countercyclical response to changing macroeconomic conditions.”

Supply Chain

U.S. Signs MoU with DRC, Zambia for e-Vehicle Supply Chains China Global South Project and US steps into ‘Middle East of renewables era’ – and direct competition with China South China Morning Post

The Bezzle

Is Binance.US a Fake Exchange? Dirty Bubble Media

A debate: Should crypto be regulated by the federal government? (upcoming event) Brookings Institution. No. It shouldn’t exist. Equivalent question: “Should accounting control fraud be regulated by the Federal Government?”

Governors and Heads of Supervision endorse global bank prudential standard for cryptoassets and work programme of Basel Committee Bank of International Settlements

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Meet the man trying to stop Elon Musk from putting Tesla full self-driving software on the road EuroNews

Our Famously Free Press

Notes from the Twitter Files: Twitter and the Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF) Matt Taibbi, TK News. The deck: “In a curious exchange, the government expresses annoyance with Twitter for reporting little ‘recent’ foreign activity.” What’s “curious” about it? Institutionally, it’s exactly like cops with an arrest quota. “Agent 86, I’ve got a budget to secure. Now get out there and find me some foreign influencers!”

Sam Bankman-Fried Is Where Media Patronage Was Always Headed Defector


New Compound Reverses Gut Inflammation – Acts Like a Master Reset Switch in the Intestines SciTech Daily (Furzy Mouse). Not sure I want “Have You Tried Rebooting?” applied to my digestive tract, but you do you….

The World Cup

Argentina Went To Hell And Back To Win The World Cup Defector

France coach Deschamps rues ‘cruel’ World Cup final defeat Channel News Asia

What Lionel Messi Reveals About Geopolitics Foreign Policy

History, World Cups And Economics Investor Amnesia

Guillotine Watch

The party animal and the island-hopping hermit Business Insider. Founders showing what they’re made of.

Class Warfare

German union warns Amazon of rolling pre-Christmas strikes Reuters

Apple ‘created decoy labor group’ to derail unionization The Register

How a Sprawling Hospital Chain Ignited Its Own Staffing Crisis NYT

Beware the Do-Gooders The Tablet. Effective Altruism.

The World and the Left New Left Review

P-22, Hollywood’s celebrity mountain lion, ends his reign BBC

Physicists Rewrite a Quantum Rule That Clashes With Our Universe Wired

Antidote du jour (via):

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Bonus antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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